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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 27 (Summer)

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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 27 is an article I write each week to inspire our creativity.

I choose a single word prompt encouaging others to write a poem, a short story, a song or any combination.

The only requirement is to relax and have fun writing.

Billy Collins On Writing Poetry No One Sees ~by NPR"

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Dog Days of Summer

This week is quite a scorcher in my little piece of the world. The temperature is in the 90's. It's hot and humid with little to no sign of rain.

The air conditioners are running, some are freezing up. Trust me, they don't toss out cold air when they freeze up, but it happens on really humid days.

I looked up the Dog Days of Summer on my mobile phone. It states it started on Saturday, July 3 and ended on Wednesday, August 11 in the United States.

I hate to tell them, but it's now August 25 and these "Dog Days" are going strong.

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Inspiration

The best source of inspiration is to simply read as much as you can.

Oftentimes this gives you a spark to get started or sends your muse an idea.

When you get a thought, jot it down. You never know where that one small notion might take you.

Try to write at the same time everyday to get used to a routine. I know there are times this is nearly impossible as we struggle with the interruptions of daily life.

If you encounter a roadblock where the words just won't flow, take a break. Go for a walk. Listen to some music. Do something you enjoy.

Take the time to let your spirit get rejuvenated.

You will be amazed at the progress you make when you try to write the next time.

Word Prompt = Summer

This week I've chosen the word, "Summer."

Summer is one of our four seasons. It comes after Spring and before Autumn.

It's usually the hottest time of the year.

Maybe it's a poem about the "Dog Days of Summer" when the weather is extremely hot and humid.

Or how we picture barbecues in the back yard, laughing with friends, or frolicking in the water.

It might be a time when we sit on our patios enjoying the summer breeze or beneath the night sky.

Or a cute story about the cost of electricity to use our air conditioning.

There might be times when the air conditioner is on the blink, and we resort to other manners of staying cool.

Maybe it's a special moment or vacation you shared over the summer.

Or how summer makes you feel inside.

I'm certain we can create some magical stories with this word, so turn your muse loose and be creative.

Let's pick up our pens and jot down a few notes.

To see the Summer Sky

Is Poetry, though

never in a book it lie -

True Poems flee

— Emily Dickinson

"Kenny Chesney ~ Summertime ( official video)"

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Highlights This Week

This week we have learned alot of values regarding the word lesson.

Rosina Khan writes us a few stories on following Aesop Fables.

She teaches us the morals of being slow & steady to win the race and never give up ~ keep trying.

To read Rosina's work, follow the link below.

Vidya D Sagar shows us the importance of passing down good values, discipline & respect.

We learn by observing others, listening to stories, reading Biblical scriptures and experiencing life first hand.

She tells us we should start our day with a positive outlook & keep negativity away.

To read her work, follow the link below.

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Chitrangada Sharan Teaches Us Strength

Chitrangada Sharan teaches us a valuable lesson in her poem, "Lessons From The Wildflower."

She tells us we can be strong & endure life just like the wildflower.

That we don't need to be perfect to have confidence and be happy.

As we face struggles in life we can become stronger.

We should never give up. We should face each moment with determination and stand tall.

If you haven't read this piece of work, follow the link below.

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Pamela Oglesby ~ Life Lessons

Pamela Oglesby tells us "Lessons have many different meanings, but the most obvious are the painful lessons we learn when we make bad choices."

She has written a Sonnet inspired by Manatita about lessons one learns in life.

She paints us a picture of a doggie slipping out an open door as someone chases after him forgetting his shoes.

Then a student cheating by writing the answers on her hand.

She tells us we lose friends by betraying them with gossip, lies & cheating. She says maturity takes time & we need to grow up while we still can.

In her acrostic poem she tells us how a simple gesture like a smile goes a long way.
Once you learn it, there is no going back.

In her poem, "Confused Boy" she tells us a story about a little boy who copies the actions of others as trying to fit in.

He has no guidance from his parents and his school work seems hard. Then a coach shows him some attention.

The little boy suddenly feels successful and his grades improve.

Her story reminds us that one act of kindness can help another. We should reach out.

To read Pamela's article, follow the link below.

"Billy Collins On Reading Poetry Aloud ~ by NPR"

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Previous Word Prompts

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Responses To Word Prompt

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 09, 2021:

Take a moment to read Alyssa's writing on Summer.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/poetry-prompt-27...

Alyssa Nichol

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 07, 2021:

~ SUMMER

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 06, 2021:

~Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 05, 2021:

Links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 03, 2021:

~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 02, 2021:

Links ~ summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 02, 2021:

Links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 31, 2021:

Take a moment to read Gypsy Rose Lee's writing on Summer.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Summer-Of-My-Youth

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 31, 2021:

Janis

I just read this one & posted a link in the word prompt article.

I'll see if I can find it on the newsfeed to leave my comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 31, 2021:

Take a moment to read Janis Leslie Evans poetry on Summer.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Season-of-Summer-Lov...

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on August 31, 2021:

Here's janshares' offering:

http://hub.me/aoGKu

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 31, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

Read everyone's work listed at the bottom of article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 31, 2021:

Link ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 30, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 30, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 30, 2021:

Post links ~ summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 29, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 29, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 28, 2021:

Take a moment to read Vidya D Sagar's piece on Summer.

I haven't read this one yet.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-A-Memorable-Bea...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 28, 2021:

Post links Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 28, 2021:

Take a moment to read Pamela Oglesby & Umesh Chandra Bhatt's writing on Summer.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Welcome-Again-Summer...

Umesh Chandra Bhatt

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Dog-Days-of-Summer-P...

Pamela Oglesby

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 27, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 27, 2021:

Post links ~ summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Take a moment to read my response to Week 27 Summer.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Response-to-Word-Pro...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Post link ~ summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Vidya

Thank you.

I love the summer months, but those 90+ degree days straight in a row get a bit hot.

It's 80 degrees right now so this afternoon will probably be a warm one, but it beats shovelling snow any day.

The sunshine keeps me in a good mood.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Ravi

I posted the link, but I haven't had time to read this yet.

I'll be in touch later.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

Take a moment to read John Hansen's writing for Summer

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Lessons-of-Summer-Po...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 26, 2021:

John

I posted the links in the word prompt articles, but I'll have to read these later today.

Glad to see your muse is writing.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 26, 2021:

Thanks for a new word prompt this week Brenda. There are many possibilities with this word. Looking forward to the responses by our Hubber friends. Thanks for mentioning my poem and sharing the link. I applaud your efforts in encouraging us with prompts. Hope my muse comes up with a good one this time. Sorry about the difficult summer you are facing there this year. Take care, stay safe.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 25, 2021:

Brenda, Here is a link to mine for both Lesson and Summer:

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Lessons-of-Summer-Po...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Ravi

Thanks for understanding.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Take a moment to read Ravi Rajan's writing on Summer.

I haven't read this one yet. Please leave him comments.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Joys-of-Summer

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 25, 2021:

Sure Thanks Brenda

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Ravi

I will post the link in the article.

I'll have to wait until tomorrow to read this one.

I've git to wake up early to take my mother to an appointment.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 25, 2021:

Hi Brenda my attempt on summer is as below :

https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Joys-of-Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Janis

Thanks for reading.

Mine is sinking in too.

Take care

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Diana

Thank you.

Summer is very colorful.

Have a great Thursday.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on August 25, 2021:

Hmm, summer. I gonna let that prompt sink in and see what it brings forth. Thank you, Brenda.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on August 25, 2021:

Summer is always a season that is full of colour and inspiration. Thanks for prompts, Brenda :)

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Post links ~ Summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Misbah

I'm glad you got air conditioning.

I do too! But when I have to go somewhere the heat in my car is double hot until the air gets it cooled down.

I can't wait to read your work if you get inspired.

Looks like we might get a storm here in a little bit.

Have a great day gal.

Bredz

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on August 25, 2021:

Bredz, summer is a good prompt. But it always makes me think of sweat. Do you have any tissues? I'll be able to write about it while sitting in an air-conditioned room. Lol!

Blessings and Lots of Love to you :)

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Manatita44

Somehow my phone lost my response to your comment.

Anyway...Thank you.

The idea on how to deal with Summer is definitely a lingering thought.

I'll take the heat though...I'm not a very big fan of winter.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Chitrangada

Thank you.

I am glad these prompts help to motivate our creative minds.

I'll look forward to reading your work.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Rosina

Thank you & you are quite welcome.

Summer could prove to be an interesting topic.

I'm glad everyone likes these word prompts. They really help to inspire me.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Pamela

Thank you.

I love all the responses.

I'm glad you enjoy reading them as well as writing your own.

We'll see what this prompt brings us.

Have a wonderful day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Umesh

Thank you.

I just finished reading your work.

It's awesome.

The video you included is one everyone should hear.

I posted a link in the word prompt article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Peggy

Thank you.

I hope the hurricane doesn't come your way.

It's already 84 here and we have a heat warning for today.

Stay cool in your part of the world & stock up on supplies just in case you get remnants of that storm.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 25, 2021:

Bill

Thank you.

The cooler temperatures will be a welcome sight, but I am not looking forward to Winter.

I'll deal with the heat. It is better than those frigid temps.

Too bad we can't just keep fall like temperatures all year.

Have a great week.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2021:

The heat of summer is gone here; Fall is making its presence known with cool nights and mornings. Love this time of year.

Best wishes and I look forward to the responses to this prompt.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 25, 2021:

Yes, the dog days of summer are with us! It is still sizzling here in Houston and we may have a possible hurricane coming our way by early next week. Predictions right now are not conclusive, but anywhere along the Texas coast up to Louisiana may be hit. No air-conditioning this time of year when feel-like temps are way above 100 degrees is a real hardship. The word "summer" should spark some good articles. Stay cool!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 25, 2021:

Thanks for providing the new prompt. Incidentally, I have just finished my work with the earlier prompt that is 'lesson' which you would find somewhere in the feed. Summer is an interesting word bringing so many feelings and reverberations. Hope would be able to use it in some creative way.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2021:

I am sure the new prompt 'summer' will give you many good results.

Thank you for writing about some of the responses to the 26th prompt. It is always interesting to see what each person writes, as we are all different.

I enjoyed writing about the prompt lesson'. I loved all the other responses as well.

Thank you so much for all your hard work on the prompts.

Rosina S Khan on August 25, 2021:

"Summer" is an interesting word prompt. I am sure fellow writers will have various stories to share based on the prompt through their writing. I look forward to reading them.

Thanks for the mention of my article based on the prompt, "Lesson". I think fellow writers did an excellent job on it.

Thank you for keeping the series going. It is extremely popular, Brenda.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

Another wonderful article, and an interesting prompt—Summer. I have written few articles on Summer season, in the alternate therapies topic. But, yes there are immense possibilities in the creative writing section, as well.

Thank you for sharing the links to the previous prompt, by fellow writers. I liked all the responses very much. And, thank you for mentioning and analysing my work.

Have a wonderful day and thank you for your continued motivation.

manatita44 from london on August 25, 2021:

Lovely efforts by all these great writers. As to the current weather, hope things improve for you. Perhaps you may be inspired by one idea on how to deal with summer. Hope things get better soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 24, 2021:

Ravi

Thank you.

I have no doubt your muse will inspire you before long.

Just continue to heal...that's all we ask.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on August 24, 2021:

John

I know. It doesn't seem like a week passed already.

I hope you & your wife are doing well under the circumstances.

Please give her my condolences.

At 3 a.m. it is still 73 degrees here, so not a bit chilly here.

I tend to forget that you are opposite from us.

Maybe you can dream about a warm summer day.

Take care and have a great day.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on August 24, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda.I am still grappling with blue and lesson prompts.Hopefully, "summer" will give me a little more inspiration.THanks for sharing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 24, 2021:

Brenda, I am still pondering "Lessons" and your next prompt "Summer" is already here. (well not here ..it is quite cold in this part of the world) I will sit down probably tomorrow and try to get my muses to respond. Let's see. I loved the videos by Billy Collins though. Glad the prompts keep going rain or shine.

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